Without meat?: meatpacking workers initiate a plan of struggle and threaten unemployment if there is no salary increase

Unionists indicated that they will wait for a call from the employers until November 30 and if there is no response, they will deepen the measures

By Alejandro DiBiasi

11/24/2022 – 8:32 p.m.

Without meat?: meatpacking workers initiate a plan of struggle and threaten unemployment if there is no salary increase

While the Ministry of Economy tries to contain inflation and the Government does not finish announcing a bonus for all workers, with the intention of compensating for the loss of purchasing power, conflicts continue. In addition to the health sectors, passing through the judicial sectors and the delayed parity of the metallurgists, now the leadership of the Union Federation of Meat Industry Personnel and its Derivatives is added, which initiated a plan of struggle in demand of salary increase and a salary bonus against the escalation of pricesespecially from the basic food basket.

From the union organization led by Alberto José Fantini, they pointed out that on Wednesday they began the measures of force until this Thursday at midnight, affecting 50 percent of the tasks carried out in refrigerators throughout the country. Union sources told iProfessional that “if the businessmen’s intransigence continues, next week we will deepen the protests.”

The informative assemblies in each plant plus the collaboration removal was applied for 36 hours and covers the branch of red meat -collective labor agreement number 56/75-. LThe spokespersons explained that “as of this Friday we open a truce; a space where we will not make any protest to demonstrate our spirit of negotiation, as we have been developing in each of the salary negotiations that we have carried out for years”.

They warn that they can paralyze the activity in refrigerators

Representatives of the Federation indicated that they will wait for a call from the employers until Wednesday, November 30 and warned that “if by that date we do not have a positive response to our demand for a salary increase and an end-of-year bonus we start with strikes per turn“.

However, the sources consulted by this means do not rule out a total stoppage of activities next week, affecting an essential sector of the Argentine economy.

The Trade Union Federation of Meat Industry Personnel and its Derivatives initiated a plan to fight for pay rise

They stressed that “business intransigence is total”, for which reason from the union organization they requested “social responsibility from businessmen”. So far the Ministry of Labor has not issued the mandatory conciliation. As reported by the Federation, a salary parity hearing was held where the employers did not offer a “satisfactory proposal for the year-end bonus and the salary review for the entire interannual period from April 2022 to March 2023.”

Request to employers and the Ministry of Labor

They also stated: “We hope that the forceful measures that we carry out during these two days awaken the consciences of the businessmen, so that they agree to make a concrete offer to our demands; but also to the labor portfolio that Kelly Olmos is leading, to that summon the employers to grant the salary improvement that due to inflation and the task that we develop, corresponds to us“.

“We will continue with the measures during the day until there is a response that is consistent with reality and positive for our workers,” said the Meat Federation, which has more than 50,000 members distributed in some 70 subsidiaries throughout the country.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Labor reported that it will summon the parties to a hearing and, if there is no solution, it could dictate mandatory conciliation on Tuesday the 29th, preventing the union from continuing with the measures of force and forcing the employer to make a specific offer. The trading time is 15 business days and can be extended for one more week.

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